Chocolate covered pretzels are sweet, salty, crunchy, and melty. The combination of salty and sweet is my favorite flavor experience.
It’s so complex and brings feelings of comfort and happiness. My family always eats chocolate covered pretzels around the holidays, but they are a great snack that can be enjoyed all year round.
Chocolate covered pretzels are delicious whether you buy them from a store or make them at home.
Kids love to dip and decorate them. When you have a ton of extra, you can always freeze chocolate covered pretzels.
Generally, you can freeze chocolate covered pretzels, and many say they even prefer the taste of frozen chocolate covered pretzels. However, thawing frozen chocolate covered pretzels doesn’t turn out well because the pretzel gets soggy during the defrosting process.
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels will extend the shelf life indefinitely in the right conditions. Still, chocolate covered pretzels will last for up to 12 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container or up to a month in a dark, room temperature location.
Where To Put Chocolate Covered Pretzels: In The Fridge Or Freezer?
You can put chocolate covered pretzels in either the fridge or the freezer depending on your end goal.
Refrigerating chocolate covered pretzels is best for very short term chilling. Conversely, freezing chocolate covered pretzels is best to keep your treat safe to eat for the longest duration.
Fridge: If you like your chocolate covered pretzels cold but not frozen, opt for the fridge.
Likewise, if your chocolate covered pretzels melted under the sun or in a hot car, you could use short term chilling in the fridge to revive them.
Another reason to put your chocolate covered pretzels in the fridge is initially set the chocolate.
When making chocolate covered pretzels, it is best to chill them after they are dipped into the chocolate to prevent dripping.
Freezer: Put your chocolate covered pretzels in the freezer if you need to extend their shelf life indefinitely.
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels, at optimal conditions, allows them to be safe to eat for years to come.
However, thawing chocolate covered pretzels changes the texture and taste considerably. Still, many people love to enjoy chocolate covered pretzels frozen.
What Is The Best Way To Store Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Worst: Before we get to the best way, let’s start with the bad news. The worst way to store chocolate covered pretzels is in the fridge.
Although short term storage is ok, after only a few hours, chocolate covered pretzels start to get soggy.
You might store chocolate covered pretzels in the fridge for a short period of time to set the chocolate when you are making chocolate covered pretzels.
Okay: For results that aren’t the best but also are not the worst, store your pretzels in the freezer.
That’s right, even though you can freeze chocolate covered pretzels it doesn’t have the best results.
Frozen chocolate covered pretzels can still be enjoyed by many as long as they stay frozen.
The best way to store chocolate covered pretzels is at room temperature! Choose an airtight container and store chocolate covered pretzels in the dark, cool place.
Chocolate covered pretzels stored in the right airtight container can last a month or longer before they start to become stale.
How To Properly Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Wait Until Chocolate Hardens: This is a very important first step when freezing homemade chocolate covered pretzels. When you try to handle, chocolate covered pretzels that haven’t been set and are still melty, they don’t freeze as well. The chocolate drips off so there won’t be as much of the best part of chocolate covered pretzels.
- Wrap In Wax Paper: Once the chocolate covering the pretzels hardens, it’s time to start the storage process. Storing your chocolate covered pretzels is the most important part of making sure they last the longest when frozen. The first layer will be wax paper.
Remove the chocolate covered pretzels from whatever they were hardening in and transfer them to a sheet of wax paper. It’s best if they sit side by side and do not overlap.
Wrap With Plastic Wrap: After wax paper, you’ll want to whip out your plastic wrap. Plastic wrap is very important and should be done generously. Be sure to seal any possible holes in the plastic wrapping and cover any places it might be exposed to air. Usually, 2 or 3 layers of plastic wrap will do the job.
Store In Freezer Bag: Next, you will take your plastic wrapped chocolate covered pretzels to be frozen and transfer the whole bundle into a large freeze-safe plastic bag. Silicon bags are an alternative to plastic.
- Freeze: Once your chocolate covered pretzels are stored properly, all you need to do is put them in a freezer. Deep freezers work best from keeping chocolate covered pretzels frozen for the longest period of time.
Nonetheless, as long as your freezer is kept at 0°F, just about any freezer can be used.
How Long Can You Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels greatly increases shelf life. Surprisingly, storing chocolate covered pretzels at room temperature can stay good for up to a month.
However, freezing chocolate covered pretzels will extend shelf life indefinitely.
For best freezing chocolate covered pretzels results, your freezer must stay at 0°F as consistently as possible.
The more your freezer temperature fluctuates, the more your food is at risk of freezer burn.
In the average freezer, chocolate covered pretzels will stay near ideal condition for up to 1 year after their freeze date.
Be sure to label your packaging when you freeze chocolate covered pretzels to ensure that you remember when they were frozen.
How To Thaw Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
As discussed, thawing chocolate covered pretzels is not a good idea. Thawing frozen chocolate covered pretzels will result in the pretzel becoming mushy and soggy.
Thawing ruins the crunchiness that defines the chocolate covered pretzel experience. Nevertheless, chocolate covered pretzels are delicious if enjoyed frozen.
If you want to try thawing your chocolate covered pretzels, go for it. It is best to keep your frozen chocolate covered pretzels wrapped up until you’re sure they have thawed.
You can move frozen chocolate covered pretzels straight from the freezer to the counter. They should thaw within 30 minute to an hour.
If you want to quick thaw, you can place your frozen chocolate covered pretzels, still in their bag, into a bowl.
Then run cool water over the frozen bag of chocolate covered pretzels and the bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks?
Sure! Luckily the shape and size of the pretzel don’t affect freezing chocolate covered pretzels.
However, once chocolate covered pretzels are frozen, they will not thaw well. It’s best to store chocolate covered pretzel sticks at room temperature unless you enjoy eating them frozen.
Can You Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods?
Many chocolate covered pretzel recipes call for pretzel rods to be used.
Rods are easier to dip into chocolate and they make for easy and convenient snacking. Chocolate covered pretzel rods can absolutely be frozen.
Can You Freeze White Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
White chocolate is very similar to chocolate in its freezing properties.
The white chocolate covered pretzels are made with cocoa butter instead of ground cocoa making the untraditional appearance of the chocolate.
These white chocolate covered pretzels can be frozen just like regular chocolate covered pretzels. All of the same considerations apply.
Can You Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candy or Sprinkles?
You can freeze chocolate covered pretzels topped with candy or sprinkles. Sprinkles hold up very well to freezing but the color starts to run when they are thawed.
Many types of candy made from chocolate freeze excellently. Both Reece’s and M & Ms are popular treats that many people prefer to eat frozen.
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels is a simple and effective way to make sure they keep indefinitely.
Although frozen chocolate covered pretzels are yummy, thawed chocolate covered pretzels are not.
It is not advised to freeze and thaw chocolate covered pretzels because it will make the pretzel soggy. This will ruin the sweet, salty, rich, and crunchy chocolate covered pretzel experience.
Before freezing chocolate covered pretzels, make sure to consider if you like frozen chocolate.
You will also want to think about using wax paper as a first layer to avoid pretzels sticking together.
Plastic wrap will allow frozen chocolate covered pretzels to remain free from freezer burn. When you’re ready to enjoy, there is not thawing required.
Simply grab a few from your packaged bunch and eat. When you are repackaging chocolate covered pretzels, make sure the leftovers are not exposed to any air.
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels with toppings like candy or sprinkles is totally safe and effective.
White chocolate covered pretzels are also freezable and many of the same rules apply.
No matter what the size and shape of your chocolate covered pretzels, you can freeze them. Bite sized pieces are easier to enjoy frozen.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nanny do it, no judgment here :)) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.